on Fleet Diversity
by Laurie Schreiber
At the New England Fishery Management Council’s Sept. 26-29 meeting, the council agreed to move forward on actions designed to protect the diversity of the Northeast groundfishing fleet, and to forestall further consolidation of the groundfish resource to a shrinking number of boats by imposing accumulation limits. The NEFMC said the issues will be addressed in Amendment 18 to the Groundfish Management Plan.
As part of its discussion about management priorities for 2012, NEFMC voted to release a public scoping document for the amendment.
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, based in Gloucester, Mass., praised the vote.
“This was a big vote to further our work around protecting fleet diversity for the benefit of the ecosystem, fishing communities, and our locally caught seafood,” NAMA said.